Mon State at War
CIVILIAN TORTURED AND KILLED DURING MILIATRY
(Kao Wao and IMNA report: December 29,
Ye - Civilians are abducted and
killed by the Burmese Army during military operation against
guerrillas in southern Mon State and northern Tenasserim Division.
According to the witness, 19 villagers including Buddhist
monks and village headmen were arrested for interrogation
three days ago. Being accused as supporters of the Mon guerrilla
group, those arrested were ordered to sit in the sun, beaten
and tortured by the Burmese Army Regiment No. 22 led by Colonel
Nyi Nyi Swe.
Local source reported, the Pa-An based Regiment No. 22 of
Southeast Military Command took civilians and made them march
in front of army when they launched the offensive against
the Mon armed group led by Nai Hloin, Nai Bin and San She.
The Burmese troops severely tortured 2 Buddhist monks, the
abbot of Krein Kanyeh and Khawza PhaeDay monasteries while
they were beaten and their legs being burned for questioning.
According to a refugee who recently arrived at the Thai-Burma
border, over 40 civilians were arrested and 5 villagers were
killed during the brutal military operation.
Since the area is defined as the black area, the BA restricts
movements of civilians to block off alleged support for the
rebels and villagers were prohibited going out at night from
5 PM to 7 AM.
A 25 year old son of Nai Pe from Hangan village was killed
near Hangan village due to the curfew imposed by the army;
and on December 23, Nai KaoChan (19 years old) from Yang Dong
village was shot to death in his farm near the village.
On December 20, a former medic of the New Mon State Party
Nai Norn Ong and other member Nai A-zan were taken from their
houses and killed by the army after investigation. Another
victim Nai Zit (age 40), a hunter from Hangan village, was
also being shot and killed.
The front line operation office of about a thousand troops
was led by Colonel Nyi Nyi Swe and stationed at Khawzar village,
southern Ye township since in early December.
After the New Mon State Party reached a cease-fire with the
ruling military junta in 1995, a former NMSP member Nai Hloin
split from the Party and resumes fighting against the BA in
the rural areas of southern Mon State.